A plan to use 29 pigs to test the survivability of avalanche victims has provoked storms of protest from animal rights groups. The Innsbruck medical faculty and the Casualty Center in Bolzen plan to bury 29 sedated porkers in the Ötz valley to see how air pockets affect the survival chances of avalanche victims.
According to Hermann Brugger (he of the Brugger curve) 20% of avalanche victims have an airpocket. He thinks researchers can use this experience to develop new treatments to help save lifes.
Animmal rights groups have told Brugger “to bury himself under snow and let his colleagues see what the effect is”.
Anyway I’ll have a bacon sandwich if there is any free pork going. Hope they take a BBQ